Iran nuts, dried fruits exports rise by 189 per cent

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.2/ Trend F.Milad‎‏

Iran's nuts, dried fruits exports increased by 189 per cent in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, 2012.

Iran has exported some 726 million dollars worth of nuts and dried fruits during the first eight months of current Iranian year, showing 7.5-percent increase compared to the same period of previous year.

According to the ISNA News Agency, 23 European and Asian countries such as India, England, Italy, Germany and Persian Gulf region's states were the main destinations for the exported nuts and dried fruits.

Iran mainly exports pistachios, raisins, and dates. Iran is one of the largest producers of pistachio in the world. Raisins, figs, dates, and barberries are the other major export-bound dried fruits of Iran.

Iran's apple exports also faced a 96-percent increase in the first nine months of current year.

Head of Iran 's Fruits and Vegetables Sellers Union, Mostafa Darayinejad said last month that Iran 's fruit exports have faced a 30-percent decrease from the begging of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012) so far in comparison to the same period of time previous year.

Iran need to work on the packing in order to boost its fruits exports, the ISNA News Agency quoted Darayinejad as saying.

Turkey is becoming a great exporter of fruits in the region, decreasing Iran 's share of exports, he added.

It is while Iranian Agriculture Jihad Minister Sadeq Khalilian said last month that the country's agricultural products exports faced a 13-percent increase in the first seven months of Iranian Calendar year, the IRNA News Agency reported.

He went on to note that Iran is registering a new record in the agriculture products output this year.

Iran's fruit exports value is expected to reach 2 billion dollars in the current calendar year, Khalilian added.

Iran exported over 1.131 billion dollars worth of agricultural products in the previous calendar year. The value of exports of agricultural products was $64.1 billion more than imports in the past calendar year, which ended on March 19.

Iran is the Middle East and North Africa 's greatest producer of garden products, and ranks 8th or 9th in the world, an official with the Ministry of Agricultural Jihad said on October 22.

Iran ranked between 8th and 10th in global fruit production in different years. In the productions of pomegranates and pistachios Iran ranks first, in dates and cherries, 3rd, 4th in the production of apples and walnuts, and, 7th in producing citrus fruits. 50 kinds of fruits are grown in Iran . The record for pomegranate production is 100 tons in a hectare of land, 146 ton for apples and 70 tons for oranges.

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